Mark Twain Abroad

Todd Wronski as Mark Twain

Professor of Theatre Todd Wronski brings Mark Twain to life

Professor of Theatre Todd Wronski will bring an iconic American writer to life on Sunday, Aug. 31 during the U.S. premiere of Mark Twain Abroad. Presented at 8 p.m. in Mathers Theatre, the one-man play uses Twain's spoken and written words to tell the story of Twain's global travels in 1895-96, including his pointed observations of the people and cultures he encountered.

"I first got the idea for Mark Twain Abroad while conducting research for what eventually became the two-person play Dickens and Twain: Crossing the Pond," says Wronski, who premiered the play in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2011. "I was aware of Twain’s affection for England, but as my research deepened, I realized the notable extent to which Twain created written and spoken observations of other countries."

The play, which runs 75 minutes without an intermission, is directed by Tony Frost, director of the University of East Anglia’s Drama Studio, with Holly Kelly '15, a double major in music and theatre arts, serving as production coordinator and stage manager. It is presented by the Department of Theatre & Dance with support from the Narol Console Student-Faculty Research Award and The Bernard A. and Rebecca S. Bernard Foundation.

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Published August 28, 2014